Move Away From the Remote, and Just watch the Commerical

So, I just have to wonder, how on earth were they planning on enforcing THIS particular element of the IPPA?

Technology Review (MIT)

"How can this be possible? Because language that makes fast-forwarding through commercials illegal—no doubt inserted at the behest of lobbyists for the advertising industry—was inserted into a bill that would allow people to fast forward past objectionable sections of a recorded movie (and I bet you already thought that was OK). And that’s but one, albeit scary, scenario that may come to pass if the Intellectual Property Protection Act is enacted into law. Deliberations on this legislation will be one of the tasks for the lame-duck Congress that commenced this week."


AFAIK, and I've spent a lot of time on this stuff, the bill's provision did not legalize fast-forwarding through offensive sections of a movie on your own (which is, of course, already legal).

It legalized--that is, protected against copyright-related suits--commercial devices that do the skipping for you (that tell a DVD player to skip certain sections of a movie or bleep certain words based on someone's idea of offensiveness). I've written about this in Cites & Insights and noted that it *should* be perfectly legal to produce, market, and use such devices as long as they put a "This movie has been edited by Clearplay" [or equivalent] screen up, just as airline and TV movie showings do. (I don't want my DVDs censored, but that's my decision. If you want to pay someone to make censorship decisions *for the copy you're watching at home*, that should be your decision and privilege.)

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